#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 14°C Sunday 20 June 2021
Advertisement

Adventurer and author Tim Severin dies aged 80

Severin is best remembered for his ‘Brendan Voyage’ across the North Atlantic.

Image: Dee Pieters Severin

ADVENTURER AND AUTHOR Tim Severin passed away yesterday aged 80 at his home in West Cork. 

Born in India in 1940, Severin became renowned for retracing legendary journeys of historical figures such as Marco Polo, Genghis Khan, and Sinbad to name a few. 

In Ireland he is often best remembered for his ‘Brendan Voyage’ across the North Atlantic in a skin-covered boat.

In 1976, Severin was part of a five-man crew who set out in a leather-clad boat from the Kerry coast to row the Atlantic. 

The voyage aimed to prove that an Irish monk, St Brendan, discovered America 900 years before Christopher Columbus.

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

The boat, made from ox-hide on a frame of oak and ash, reached Newfoundland in 1977 and now resides at Craggaunowen museum in Kilmurry, Co Clare. 

He is survived by his wife Dee, daughter Ida, son-in-law James Ashworth, and his two grandsons George and Guy. 

Source: British Movietone/YouTube

About the author:

Adam Daly

Read next:

COMMENTS (16)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel